There was a time that the divorce rate for the over 60s was so low as to pass almost unnoticed. However, it seems that times are changing.

According to the most recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the over 60s is the only age group where the divorce rate is rising. More than 11,500 over-60s were given a divorce in a year, a rise of 4% in two years. In the same period, total divorce rates actually fell by over 11%. The higher number of men getting divorced in that age group reflects the fact that husbands are usually older than their wives.

So what’s behind the rise in so-called ‘silver separations’? Experts claim that many couples drift apart after their children have left home. Also, better life expectancy and quality of life in older age means pensioners are far less dependent on their spouses.

For many, ‘life begins at 60’; they are mortgage-free, drawing from their pension and have sufficient disposable income to go it alone.

 Regardless of reasons, divorce is always a difficult and stressful experience. Contact John Stebbing, Partner at Stephen Rimmer LLP Eastbourne Solicitors if you are considering or facing divorce proceedings. js@stephenrimmer.com or 01323 644 222